DIY Jenga Math Game: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

October 8, 2014

DIY Jenga Math Game with FREE printable math facts from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown
  • DIY Jenga Math Game
  • Jenga Math Free Exploration Time
  • FREE printable math fact sheets: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Count to 10 with a Mouse another great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Count to 10 with a Mouse

by Margaret Wise Brown

Why we love this book:

From the beloved author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, this cute book with repetitive rhyming text quickly pulls children into the pages.

Then the  mouse ran through the book, the mouse ran through the book.

He ran through onto the next page to take a little look.

Count to 10 with a Mouse another great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

Wait! Open this book VERY gently . . . There’s a little mouse inside!

The illustrations of the book are designed to look like the mouse is crawling through the book hole by hole, page by page. It is very clever to see the mouse crawl from page to page counting his way all the way to the end.

And when he got to ten. And when he got to ten.

He turned around the other way and ran right back again.

Reading  and Writing

The pattern text and rhyming words on each page in this little counting book also make it a great early reader for kinder and first graders. If your kiddos are past the early reading years, the lyrical style of the book make it a simple example of how to write a poem. Children can use the format to write their own poetry. With fall in the air and Halloween right around the corner, writing a poem adaptation would be fun.

DIY Jenga Math Game

DIY Jenga Math with FREE printable math facts from waddleeahchaa.com

Jenga is one of those classic games that my children like to pull out to play as a family or with friends. It’s nice because the learning curve is quick. I also like the fact that you really can play across a wide age range. However, it was quite funny when Miss Enigma played for the first time, enjoying pulling out any old block, sending the tower crashing to the ground while the rest of us screamed in playful agony.

DIY Jenga Math with FREE printable math facts from waddleeahchaa.com

DIY Math Manipulatives

As our team planned for teacher training in Cambodia this summer, we came up with the idea of letting our kids at church make math manipulatives for the classes in Cambodia. We had to take a few things into consideration:

  • The games needed to be easy with no language barriers.
  • The manipulatives had to be easy enough for a 5 year old to make.
  • We found the idea of turning Jenga into a math practice game.
  • Each time you pull out a block, you answer the math fact.
  • Perfect. Easy to make. Fun to play.

DIY Jenga Math with FREE printable math facts from waddleeahchaa.com

Supplies:

DIY Jenga Math with FREE printable math facts from waddleeahchaa.com

Easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. cut facts apart (you can pick addition, subtraction, multiplication or division)
  2. glue on with Mod Podge (layer of glue on the bottom and a layer of glue on top)
  3. let dry and write answers on the back with a Sharpie

(You could write the facts with a Sharpie, but we needed all of the numbers to be legible for the students in Cambodia. Since we were letting the Sunday School kids make these manipulatives, we thought it would be easier for them to glue on the facts.)

DIY Jenga Math with FREE printable math facts from waddleeahchaa.com

FREE printable: Math Fact Sheets – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Jenga Math in Action

DIY Jenga Math with FREE printable math facts from waddleeahchaa.com

Free Exploration Time

How tall can we build the tower?

When working with the teachers in Cambodia, I stressed how important it was to allow children time for free exploration. This is especially important when introducing new learning materials. Children are born to be curious, invent and play. So why fight it? Let them explore!

Jenga was new to the teachers in Cambodia. So what did I do? You guessed it, I let them play! In America, we take hands-on learning for granted. These teachers did not grow-up with a house full of games, blocks and toys. It was refreshing to see them jump right in and begin building with the Jenga blocks. Most had no idea what “Jenga” was.

DIY Jenga Math with FREE printable math facts from waddleeahchaa.com

Ready for a movie?

Welcome to a Cinema Theater! Big screen. Comfy seats.

DIY Jenga Math with FREE printable math facts from waddleeahchaa.com

And there was even math explorations and math connections!

Can you figure out what the blocks have in common?

Love it when someone takes learning in an unexpected direction! Doesn’t get any better than that!

Jenga Math Anyone?

Count to 10 with a Mouse another great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Do you like mice? I know it’s a strange question. Mice happen to be my one big phobia. But this little mouse is cute so he’s allowed in my house.  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, October 19, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, October 20, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Trisha October 9, 2014 at 6:55 am

No thank you to mice! The one in the book is cute though…he can visit my classroom anytime.

Stasia October 9, 2014 at 7:56 am

No, I do not like mice. My four year old said that the mouse on the cover of this book is so cute.

maryanne @ mama smiles October 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I do like mice, so long as they are kept in cages as pets! We had white rats as pets when I was a kid, and I wasn’t as fond of them.

Jeannine October 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

Oh my Maryanne. Rats as pets . . . my worst nightmare. I can do creepy crawly things, bugs, reptiles . . . NO rodents!

Ellie October 14, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Well, I do jump if I see a mouse, but really I quite like mice. Speaking of rats as pets, my niece had a pet rat a few years back, who was always clean. Also, my husband is also a big rodent fan, so mice have grown on me, and of course, the mice in kid lit are always adorable.

Jeannine October 15, 2014 at 8:08 am

I know rats are popular pets . . . but it’s just my one thing, my one big phobia. My skin is crawling just thinking about it!

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